A taste of the 1920s

The first ever 1920s day is to be held at Erewash Museum next month when there will be singing, dancing and make-up demonstrations from the era.
 
The free Gatsby-style Roaring 20s event will be held on Saturday 26 May between 11am and 3pm and entertainment will come from popular performer Johnny Victory.
 
Among the attractions will be a 1920s Ford Model T car on display while visitors will also be able have a fun picture taken in a retro photo booth and learn how to get the 20s look with hair and make-up demonstrations. 
 
The event has been organised by Isobel Davidson, a student from the University of Nottingham, as part of her studies.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:   
 
“This looks set to be an exciting and nostalgic new event in the museum’s calendar and we hope that people will come along and join in the fun. We are grateful for all the hard work that has been put into organising what promises to be an event to remember.”  
 
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays.  Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum 
 

Looking after our nature

Local residents are being asked if they support a proposal to grant Local Nature Reserve (LNR) status to the wildlife hotspot Trent Meadows in Long Eaton.
 
Erewash Borough Council wants to add the site to its official nature reserves in the borough, saying the area is a valuable open space for the local community, visitors and nature conservation.
 
Trent Meadows is in a wildlife-rich area alongside the River Trent, Attenborough Nature Reserve and a number of local wildlife sites and declaring it a LNR would help protect the site for nature and for the recreational enjoyment of visitors.
 
News of the council’s proposal follows the announcement that it is also seeking to grant conservation area status for Sawley’s popular tourist spot Trent Locak and is also asking for residents to give their views on that proposal.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We firmly believe that Trent Meadows deserves to be a Local Nature Reserve to give it the protection it deserves but we do want to hear from residents that they would support this move.
 
“We currently have nine LNRs in Erewash and we hope this site can become number 10. It shows this council’s commitment to protecting and maintaining important wildlife and natural sites – there is much to celebrate in Erewash and we have so many gems right on our doorstep.”
 
Residents can complete a short survey online at www.erewash.gov.uk or hard copies are available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls until Friday 8 June.
 
Alternatively, residents can show their support and share their comments by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The public consultation on the proposed conservation status for Trent Lock is also available online at www.erewash.gov.uk/trentlock until 8 June. Hard copies are available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls and at Ilkeston and Long Eaton libraries.
 

‘Recovery’ exhibition

Artwork and text which has been created by people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse will go on display in the Lally Gallery at Erewash Museum on Saturday 10 March.
 
The ‘Recovery’ exhibition, which runs until 3 April, will include handmade prints, collage, mixed media, paintings, text art and films. Professional artists Diana Shepherd and Cathy Terzza have worked alongside the Derbyshire Recovery Partnership and exhibitors since October last year to create the artwork. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This will be a fascinating exhibition, the result of an inspiring project. It is a chance to see a wide range of artwork created by people who face day to day challenges as they recover from addiction.” 
 
The people involved have worked at Derbyshire Recovery Partnership drug and alcohol recovery services based at Erewash House in Ilkeston in partnership with Wash Arts CIC Horti-Culture Project. 
 

Litter culprits be warned!

Litterbugs and pet owners who fail to pick up after their dogs are being warned they will be prosecuted if they are caught offending and then fail to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) fine.
 
The hard-hitting message comes from Erewash Borough Council as it continues its crackdown on environmental crime and follows three successful prosecutions last month – while a further three court cases are due to take place over the next couple of weeks.
 
Two local residents have been taken to court by the council after they failed to pay their fines when they were spotted throwing their cigarette ends onto the pavement – while a third was also prosecuted for non-payment of his fine for failing to pick up after his two dogs.
 
All three were issued with Fixed Penalty Notices when they were seen by Neighbourhood Wardens and must now pay court fines and costs totalling hundreds of pounds. All three cases were heard at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court:
  • Kirsty Taylor, of Balmoral Road, Borrowash, dropped a cigarette end and left it on the pavement on Derby Road, Long Eaton.  No FPN payment was received and the court fined her £220, with a victim surcharge of £30 and ordered her to pay the council’s full costs of £127 – a total bill of £377.
  • James Whitworth (32), of Critchley Street, Ilkeston, dropped and left his cigarette end on Bath Street, Ilkeston. He failed to pay his FPN and was fined £220 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50 – a total bill of £377.50.
  • Isaac Stack (20), of Blackwell Close, Ilkeston, was issued with two FPNs when he failed to pick up after his two dogs fouled land at Cotmanhay Pavilion Open Space.  No payment was received and he must now pay a total court bill of £597.50 – a fine of £220 for each offence, a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50.  
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“These cases show that we won’t hesitate to take action against offenders. They may have hoped to avoid punishment, but the fines and costs awarded demonstrate the court’s support for our work. If people don’t want to be out of pocket, the solution is simple – dispose of waste responsibly.
 
“Littering of any kind is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. It brings down the appeal of our towns and local communities and is dangerous and unhealthy. Much of the waste carelessly thrown out, particularly cigarette ends, does not rot down for a very long time. Clean-up costs, of course, are met through Council Tax so dropping litter, fly-tipping or leaving dog mess makes no sense at all and is a mindless thing to do. We need the public to take a responsible approach to disposing of their waste.”
 
Over the last quarter, the council issued an increased number of 44 FPNs for litter offences compared to 31 in the same period last year. In the year to date there have been 170 issued compared to 109 at the same point in 2016. Fly-tipping cases have dropped in the year to date, with 116 instances compared to 208 in the same period last year.
 
The council appeals to the public to help the crackdown on environmental crime by reporting offenders and supplying information through the council’s confidential PRIDE-line number 0115 850 8383 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tee-off for charity

Golf players are being urged to hit the greens and tee-off for a Charity Golf Day hosted by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, to raise funds for her chosen charities.
 
Teams of keen golfers are needed for the special sporting day on Friday 27 April at the Erewash Valley Golf Club in Stanton by Dale, when all proceeds will go to Alzheimer’s charities, Sight Support Derbyshire, Ben’s Den and The Canaan Trust.
 
The event will be a four person team Stableford Competition off 3/4 handicap with the best two scores at each hole to count and there will be a handicap limit of 24 (men) and 36 (women). The Mayor will start everyone off at the first hole, with the first team teeing-off at 10.30am.
 
Councillor Mary Hopkinson, the Mayor of Erewash, says:
 
“I hope as many people as possible will join us for what will be a competitive and fun day that will also raise money for charities that are very close to my heart.”
 
The entry fee for the event is £160 per team, which includes refreshments from 9.30am and a two course hot meal after play. Businesses can also support the charity day by sponsoring a hole for £50.00.  Full publicity will be given.
 
Entry forms and more details are available from the Civic Support Office at Ilkeston Town Hall, telephone 0115 907 1115 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting Mike Ronan on 
07918 621588.